Friday, November 30, 2012

Fragments on Friday...whew!!!!!

Welcome to Friday Fragments #225!  It's a great place to finish up your week, catch up with the adventures of others, and prepare for a great weekend!  Mrs4444 of Half-Past Kissin' Time, sponsors this breath of fresh air each Friday, and I always look forward to it. 

It's been a whirlwind of a week trying to get back to a routine after having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with my family in St. Louis!  I'm racking up the holiday hours working at a "fine" department store here in Chicago, which just might negate all the of the charging that Santa is doing for the family....

This coming Tuesday, I will have interview #2 at a local middle school, to work in the office.  XXX your fingers, please!  If it is meant to be, I will be able to get off my feet for awhile. If not, at least I still have the department store job...the job where I have a great employee discount!

For a great holiday gift idea, please check out my post from yesterday, "And She Sparkled", about a delightful book by Joan Steffend. 

Here's to a great Friday and hoping your weekend is nothing less than splendid!  I think it would be fun, and a great endorphin release to perform a random act of kindness!  I challenge you to find someone who could use a little help, and then sneak like a Ninja on them!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

"And She Sparkled"

Welcome to Writer's Workshop, a weekly challenge hosted by the always fascinating Mama Kat at Mama's Losin' It.  Each week, Mama Kat challenges us to write about one or more of five prompts.  I chose the topic "something that sparkles" because I wanted to share a post I wrote some time ago about a book entitled, "and she sparkled" by Joan Steffend.  It's a great "feel good" book, as well as a,"quick" read!   To see my post, click here, or click here to see the book and to learn more about it and the author. 

This would make a great holiday gift for any woman in your life.  I found it uplifting, encouraging and empowering!  Joan Steffend is a remarkable woman who wears many hats, and I will add that she looks marvelous in each of those hats!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

At Least the Laundry Gets Done!

Jenny Matlock

Welcome to Saturday Centus, a weekly writing challenge hosted by Jenny Matlock at Off On My Tangent.  Each week, we are given a prompt to write about using a set number of words (100 plus the prompt-this week) which can be prose, poetry, fiction or fluff.  Personally, my favorite is fluff!  This week's prompt is "I finally understood the phrase ‘a deer in the headlights’” and is in bold below.  Glad you're here!

I recently moved 300 miles away from my kids. It’s okay; they are all consenting adults.

To feel closer to them, I visit their Facebook pages. This is not always the most cuddly, huggly way to stay in touch! Since they are consenting adults, they post consenting adult statements, etc., on their pages. I have no control, say-so or editorial discretion privileges concerning their posts. I no longer go there. Some days I want to cancel my account when I see or read their latest adventures.

When I saw this, “I finally understood the phrase ‘a deer in the headlights’”.  It’s not the worst I’ve seen, but one of the cutest!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

It's Not Just a Book Thing!

Welcome to Sundays in My City, a weekly passport to cities far and near!  Unknown Mami is the official sponsor of this engaging look at people and places that many of us can enjoy from the warmth and comfort of our computers. 

It is with great excitement that I am able to share with you our local library!  The Schaumburg Township District Library is a exhilarating example of how today's libraries not only serve and inform, but engage residents of all ages!  Since moving to the Chicago area a few months ago, and applying for my card, I have attended two computer classes, a job skills/employment search seminar, checked out numerous books and movies, and cruised throughout the building in awe of the incredible layout and interior design.  What follows are some pictures I'd like to share from a recent visit.

As I enter the building, I am greeted by a very quiet gentleman (who just happens to be a statue) sitting on a bench outside of the cafe reading a good book!  I inhale the distinctly rich aroma of coffee (to some of us, it's like inhaling the aroma of chocolate) as I pass the cafe.  "Should I grab a cup now, or can I hold off for 15 more minutes?"  I pass through a second set of doors and find myself in the center of a rotunda-type room, with open passages to areas that resemble a book store, a children's play place, and a video/music/movie theatre event, and, of course, a very people friendly information center and checkout!

But the piece de resistance is the new 6,000 square-foot Teen Place on the second floor.  Not scheduled to officially open until November 24th, I was given a private and exclusive tour of this extraordinary masterpiece of design and technology which involved input from local teens, ideas from innovative Library staff, and the expertise of Interior Designer, Denelle Wrightson.  Please note that the decor is unfinished in my pictures.

The Teen Place is designed for young people ages 12-19.  As you can see by my pictures (I am not a professional product photographer) there are many high-tech "group" stations for the teens to use.  They fulfill the needs of homework assignments that entail group participation, as well as just hanging out, with or without multiple electronic devices.  Actually, just about any type of electronic device is available to use by simply swiping a library card. 

In addition to the staples of fiction and non-fiction books, novels, magazines, there are copies of local junior high and high school textbooks, just in case students "forget" to bring theirs home. There is a large unit in the center of the room (much like a "Redbox") where the teens can access DVDs, CDS and video games to be used while in the Place. There is a multi-purpose room where teens can watch movies or play video games (either together on a large screen or smaller individual screens). 

The teens have access to iMacs, iPads, several current gaming consoles, two discussion rooms with white-boards and flat-screens, and a "silent" reading room (yes, there are teens who love to read!).   Additionally, there is a digital production studio complete with green screen, cameras and state of the art computer technology to work it all!  There is also advanced music creation and video production software for teens who want to practice and improve their skills learned in the classroom. 

I WANT TO BE 14 AGAIN.... (well, maybe just for a week or so...) 

Many thanks to the wonderful people at The Schaumburg Township Library for making me feel like a VIP every time I walk through their doors.  Please visit their website to learn about the many programs I couldn't fit in this post, at  A special thank you to Lori Teipel, the Teen Manager, for taking time to show me the exciting things to come for our young adults.  Thanks, also, to the library's amazingly knowledgeable technical team who introduced me to the very high-tech production equipment, computer assisted applications and the unending possibilities available to our local youth. 

I live in Schaumburg, IL (it's just outside of Chicago).  Welcome to my city!

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